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Victory! The Most Important Fish in America are Saved

Victory! The Most Important Fish in America are Saved


Despite their tiny size and low status on the food chain, Menhaden fish really are the most important fish in America. They have a substantial effect on sports fishing and commercial fishing because they are essential to ecosystems in the Atlantic and Gulf waters. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has finally agreed to set more conservative standards that will ultimately help menhaden fish populations recover from overfishing.

Success! In part due to the help of the 46, 804 Care2 members who signed this petition, these important fish have been saved!

Menhaden serve a plethora of purposes in the water. They naturally filter 4 gallons of water a minute and clean phytoplankton and excess algae from the ocean floor, in addition to being prey for numerous sea fish and animals. Director of  Southeast Fish Conservation at the Pew Environment Group, Holly Binns notes,“Saltwater fishing, whale watching, and bird watching—which rely on species that eat menhaden—generate hundreds of millions of dollars per year on the East Coast. The new benchmarks will help sustain our coastal economies and communities.”

Overfishing of the menhaden dates back all the way to 1879 when they were used for fertilizers, oil and animal feed. These fish have an overwhelming history of being taken for granted. The new fishing standards will reduce the harvests of menhaden by up to 37 percent each year. This is a huge victory for Menhaden fish and the ecosystems that they dutifully serve.

Care2 sends a huge thanks to members for saving the most important fish in America!


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10:39AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:30AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012


7:01PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

It's amazing that when presented with factual evidence, some people refuse to believe. In this case, some progress is being made. Menhaden really deserve a higher reduction in their 'harvest' because of all the ways they help mankind.

6:52AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Feel happy !
In EU looks different !
Thank you.

2:16PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

thanks for the article.

6:48AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

great news, thanks for sharing :)

11:17AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Well done Care2!!

8:42AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Little drop of water
little grain of sand
makes a mighty ocean
and a beautiful land
Celebrating all the small wonderfully awesome life forces in our world! Cheers for the Menhaden in specific this time..........................

10:01PM PST on Dec 7, 2011


10:02AM PST on Dec 4, 2011


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